The Lens of Conflict: A Different Perspective

The Lens of Conflict: A Different Perspective

majority of images we see of Afghanistan, Yemen, Mali and
Syria are through the lenses of professional photographers. And in
conflict zones, almost without exception, photographers are
photojournalists working for papers and agencies with an interest
in gathering images covering war and politics. ISHKAR‘s latest initiative is challenging this status
quo and giving talented local photographers a new outlet for their

Every four months, ISHKAR will select and publish images under a
new theme; this first edition’s focus is architecture. There has
been widespread coverage of war’s impact on ancient architecture
like the Buddhas of Bamiyan or Palmyra in the international media,
however many of the photographers in this series chose not to make
these their principal subjects. Instead many of the images focus on
the architecture which surrounds their everyday lives.

ISHKAR found the selected photographers through social media
channels and recommendations from friends. The photographers’ level
of experience varies greatly; some are professionals working for
news or advertising agencies, others are talented amateurs taking
lower resolution photographs on their phones. Nevertheless,
whatever their background ISHKAR’s objective remains the same – to
give photographers a new platform where they can tell their

All of the photographs are available as individual prints or
bespoke framed editions here.

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